Medina approves pull-off spots by Bent’s on West Center St.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 29 December 2020 at 12:34 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers: This photo from Oct. 28 shows Bent’s Opera House facing West Center Street. Bent’s will pay the costs to cut into the sidewalk near the intersection to create two pull-off spaces.

MEDINA – Bent’s Opera House has the Village Board’s permission to cut into a sidewalk to create two pull-off spaces in front of the building on West Center Street.

Those short-term spots are needed for limousines and other vehicles to do quick drop-offs and pickups at the site, which could open in the spring.

The building is being transformed into a restaurant, 10-room hotel and events center. Roger Hungerford is leading the redevelopment of the 30,000-square-foot building at the corner of Main Street and West Center Street.

The pull-off spots will allow people to safely exit and enter vehicles by the building, Village Board members were told recently by Charlie Spencer, project manager of the restoration of Bent’s Hall for LeChase Construction.

“We’re trying to prevent traffic tie-ups,” Spencer told the board recently.

The board approved the pull-offs on the south side of Bent’s. The board said the village would review the pull-offs in about two years “to make sure it’s not a hindrance to the village,” said Village Trustee Tim Elliott.

The project will be paid for by Bent’s, which also needs to put up signage directing people to the pull-offs, which won’t allow for parking, just for quickly dropping off or picking up passengers for a vehicle.